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Danes seek new test sites

Megavind wishlist includes trial facilites for turbines, nacelles, blades

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Danish innovation initiative Megavind has called for new test facilities to help maintain the country’s competitive edge.

The organisation -- which includes representatives from industry and academia — said testing is a key element in lowering the cost of energy and as such deserves increased resources.

Additional facilities should include new demonstrations locations for full-scale wind turbines. Also on the menu are increased testing capability for full nacelle as well as blades of more than 100 metres. 

Megavind also called for development of a convertor-based grid test facility.

In terms of competencies, the organisation has highlighted the need for improved understanding of operational environment conditions and the development of “more efficient, accelerated test methods”.

It is seeking more efficient methods of measuring offshore wind conditions and faster and more efficient blade-test methods.

Megavind president Per Hessellund Lauritsen said: “There is a strong and significant relationship between knowledge and skills, production and access to testing facilities. For Denmark to remain the home of the leading companies in the wind industry, it is a necessity that these three elements are sufficiently represented.”

Image: an MHI Vestas prototype at the Osterild test centre in Denmark (MHI Vestas)

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